The Main Cause
Overpopulation is one of the world’s top environmental issues and is continually becoming worse. The population of planet earth is growing each time you take a breath. There are more than 211,00 people being added to this world everyday, and a population the size of Germany per year. Overpopulation is the reason for many other global worries and will be an even larger problem in the future than it is today. The main problems overpopulation causes and will cause include scarcity of resources, the suffering of plants and animals, and increased amounts of CO2 in our atmosphere.
Every person needs a minimum amount of resources in order to sustain life on planet earth. Due to overpopulation those resources are dwindling everyday. The more people that are on the planet the more resources are consumed. Overpopulation does not only refer to the size of a population, it also depends on the amount of available resources to sustain life. If people use resources faster than they can be replenished, then there will no longer be a sufficient supply of what is needed to sustain life. The most important resource is water, and the supply of fresh water is shrinking rapidly due to high demand and wasteful habits. Oil is also being used up which is used to run our machines, like cars and also factories that produce essential and basic items that are used every day. Once the resources run out people will be forced to face stressful situations that cause competition. This will lead to war and fighting within and between countries. It will create unnecessary conflicts that could be prevented if the population were lower. There will also be an increase of competition for work so the rates of unemployment will rise rapidly. This will cause the number of people in poverty to rise as well. The world will crumble under the stress. A lack of resources is a huge problem that people are not prepared to face.
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Most people only take into account how over population will and does affect the human race. However other species are hugely affected by the rate of overpopulation as well. The more people there are on planet earth the more room is needed for people to live, and the more resources are used. Humans use the environment faster than it can recover. For example, more trees are being cut down than planted. Forests are being demolished each day, and plants and animals are not taken in to account. Every time a tree is cut down a habitat is destroyed. This is leading to more and more endangered and even extinct species. In order to maintain a balanced ecosystem there needs to be equilibrium between the different parts of an ecosystem. When one part is destroyed or taken away the entire ecosystem will suffer. If these habits continue, animal and plant species will persistently die out or be in some sort of distress. Humans constantly disrupt the balances of nature and cause animals to become extinct and live in less ideal conditions than they are used to. Because of the increase of population, there is also an increase of disruption to animals.
Overpopulation adds to another main global issue: Global Warming. The more people there are on planet earth the more carbon dioxide is being emitted into the atmosphere. Even the most adamant conservationist contributes the rise of carbon dioxide levels that are emitted to the air. The atmosphere is becoming poisonous due to the outpour of CO2. This is another issue that does not only affect the human race, but also all other parts of the earth including plants and animals. Overpopulation also means more waste products and more pollution not only in the air but also to the water. The fresh water supply is being diminished due to pollution. Organisms that live in bodies of fresh water are in danger of losing their homes if they haven’t already. Each organism has specific needs and habits that are being disrupted. For example fish need a certain pH level and temperature to survive and pollutants released by humans alter these necessary conditions. Every person adds to the amount of waste that is put into the water and the air. Water is the number one resource and saving water is saving the world. Water is wasted so much and once there is no more water the world will not be able to survive. Every day the number of people that live on planet earth increases and the amount of available fresh water decreases. The people on earth would be able to survive in a healthier way if the planet and atmosphere wasn’t poisoned and polluted.
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Overpopulation causes most other global problems, including global warming, lack of resources, extinction of species and warfare. There is already competition because of lack of resources and this leads to war and stress. The environment is greatly affected by the increase of the human population and plants and animals suffer because of it. Every person adds to the CO2 emissions and because there are so many people there is a lot more CO2 being added to the air every day. The earth’s most important resource water is being used up and the forests are being torn down. If there is not a solution for the problem of overpopulation then it will pose a major threat to the human race. The world’s population needs to be remarkable reduced in order for other world problems to be decreased as well. The human race will destroy itself if there is no universal cure for the problem of overpopulation.